The sixth-seeded Centerville Big Reds used a run each in the first and fifth and a pair in the sixth inning to edge past top-seeded Iowa City Regina 4-3 for the Class 2A state championship Saturday afternoon at Principal Park — their third state championship in program history. The Big Reds won 3A titles in 1988 and 2008.
Centerville got the run production started, as Tiger Terpstra reached on an error and later came around to score on Daniel Hargrave’s RBI groundout. It wouldn’t be until the fifth that Centerville added to its 1-0 lead, as Kayden Kauzlarich singled and was brought home by Terpstra’s sac-fly for a 2-0 game.
Regina arrived on the board in the fifth, as Ryne Schooley singled home pinch-runner Levi Quinlan, after Nick Brandt doubled to lead off the inning.
But Centerville would turn around at the top of the sixth and add two runs off back-to-back singles from McCain Oden and Hargrave to capitalize on a Regina error to score Oden. Tyson Belloma put the finishing touches by lofting a sac-fly to make it a 4-1 game.
Regina continued to show its resiliency, as the Regals fought back in their last three outs. Brandt began the rally by topping off his day going 3-for-3, but was later erased at third by an unassisted fielder’s choice by Hargrave for the second out. With runners at first and second, Ryan Schott delivered the Regal’s final rebuttal, doubling in the last two runs of the game. Terpstra reeled in the game-winning catch in left to secure Centerville’s state championship.
Blake Berns, Trent Hoogerwerf, Schott and Schooly each registered a hit, with Schott colleting two of Regina’s three RBIs. But it was not enough to overcome Hargrave’s seven-inning three earned runs on eight hits performance.
Centerville’s two and three-hole hitters Brady Kauzlarich and Oden registerd multi-hit efforts, with Terpstra, Hargrave and Belloma supplying the run production with an RBI each.
Centerville ends at 27-7. Regina, seeking its first state title, ends at 29-8. It was the Regals’ fourth second-place finish at state.